It would be a colossal error for the UK to opt out of the creative thinking study

It seems that policymakers are finally responding to a growing body of international evidence that employers, as they navigate an increasingly digital and complex world, will value human skills like original thinking and complex problem solving. City A.M reports.

UK policymakers must realise that the stakes here are exceptionally high. Research suggests that creative occupations (of which there is a growing number) — spanning not just designers and artists, but also engineers, chemical scientists and mathematicians too — are over twice as likely as other roles to be immune to automation. 

And if these countries are right, the implication is that those setting school priorities should also be investing in the teaching of creative thinking. 

The good news is that England has an opportunity to address this need. In 2021, the guardian of global comparative education standards, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) will introduce a new test of creative thinking as part of its commitment to innovation in education. This will allow us to measure how well young people in England demonstrate creative thinking, and assess how this correlates with their knowledge in English, maths and science.

Participating in the PISA study only requires the government to bear the relatively small costs of administering the tests. However, worryingly, it’s been recently reported that the Department for Education has decided to turn down this opportunity. 

Read the full article It would be a colossal error for the UK to opt out of the creative thinking study 

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